A “Rip-Roaring Romp” with Hemingway through Paris in the 1920s

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Readers will share a humorous but respectful insider adventure with a youthful Hemingway in Jerome Tuccille’s new book, A Portrait of Hemingway as a Young Man.

The ‘20s in Paris was a captivating time bubble filled with tomfoolery and immortal literary geniuses—Fitzgerald, Wolfe, Faulkner, and others. The adventure includes Hemingway and other established writers orbiting around “the literary godmother of Paris” Gertrude Stein. Tuccille’s A Portrait of Hemingway as a Young Man is “infused with an exciting, unique exuberance, and the work is polarized immeasurably from competing biographies,” says The Mindquest Review of Books in its June 2010 issue.

The timing couldn’t be better for a new book about Hemingway, with two movies in the works covering his later years, and a novel due out next year told from his first wife’s point of view. A Portrait of Hemingway as a Young Man is a partly satirical, partly serious homage to the men and women whom many regard as perhaps the greatest literary generation in modern times. Hemingway and his first wife Hadley lived in Paris from 1922 to 1930. There they met and associated with other expatriate writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos, Ford Madox Ford, and other writers of that caliber. Hemingway eventually emerged as the most famous among all of them, a literary rock star who would go on to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

“Like other writers of my generation, and the generation that came before me,” says the author. “I grew up in the shadows of Ernest Hemingway and the other great writers of the early twentieth century. I have written this book with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, but also with great respect and admiration for Hemingway and other truly fine writers of perhaps the most glamorous era in twentieth-century literature. I have wanted to write this book for some time for therapeutic as well as literary reasons. And now it is done.”

Jerome Tuccille is the author of more than twenty-five books, including best-selling, highly acclaimed biographies of Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, Alan Greenspan, and the Hunts of Texas, as well as several novels. The author is vice president at T. Rowe Price, a major financial services firm. He previously taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City and is a former third-party candidate for Governor of New York. He is a member of Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Blue Mustang Press
Walter Chalkley


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